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Four Players Sign Generation adidas Contracts

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Four Players Sign Generation adidas Contracts
                                                   Two All-American seniors signed prior to SuperDraft; Additional players invited to Combine
 
NEW YORK(January 2, 2014) – Major League Soccer and adidas today announced the list of 2014 Generation adidas players, who will enter the professional ranks through the 2014 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, MLS has signed two college seniors in advance of the SuperDraft and invited nine more players to the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine that begins next Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
 
Among the 2014 Generation adidas class are Andre Blake (University of Connecticut), Marlon Hairston (University of Louisville), Eric Miller (Creighton University) and Ntokozo “Schillo” Tshuma (University of Maryland).
 
Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level.  In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 19 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
 
MLS also signed two of the top college seniors: Patrick Mullins(University of Maryland) and Steve Neumann(Georgetown University).
 
In addition to the initial list of Division I college seniors invited to the Combine, MLS has invited nine more college seniors, including:
           
Player                          Position           Citizenship       School
Tesho Akindele             F                      USA/Canada     Colorado School of Mines (Division II)
Chris Duvall                  D                      USA                 Wake Forest University
Oliver Gore                   F                      England            Rocky Mountain College (NAIA)
Pierre Omanga              F                      France              Southern New Hampshire University (Division II)
Fabio Pereira                MF                   Brazil                University of Michigan
Kyle Renfro                   GK                   USA                 Virginia Tech University
Patrick Slogic               D                      Brazil                Cornell University
Wojciech Wojcik            F                      USA                 Bradley University
Tomislav Zadro             MF                   Canada             University of Wisconsin
 
 
More information, including coach and team assignments, for the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine will be released early next week
 
2014 Generation adidas Players
 
Andre Blake                             GK                   Mary Pen, Jamaica                   University of Connecticut
The junior goalkeeper was named an All-American for the third straight year, earning back-to-back First Team nods in 2012 and 2013, and has been a member of the U-17 and U-20 Jamaican national teams.
 
Marlon Hairston                       M                     Jackson, Mississippi                University of Louisville
The sophomore midfielder and member of the U.S. U-20 national team pool played in 39 games during his first two seasons, contributing six goals and five assists.
 
Eric Miller                                D                      Woodbury, Minnesota              Creighton University
The junior defender started 62 of 63 games during his tenure at Creighton and represented the U.S. in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
 
Ntokozo “Schillo” Tshuma      F                      Bulawayo, Zimbabwe               University of Maryland
The sophomore forward helped Maryland advance to the 2013 Men’s College Cup final, scoring six goals on the season.
 
 
2014 Signed Seniors
 
Patrick Mullins                         F                      New Orleans, Louisiana           University of Maryland
The back-to-back First Team All-American and MAC Hermann Trophy finalist lead Maryland in scoring for the 2013 season with 19 goals in 26 games played.
 
Steve Neumann                        F                      New Hope, Pennsylvania          Georgetown University
A Second Team All-American for two years in a row, Neumann has been indispensable for the Hoyas in his last two seasons with 20 goals and 19 assists.